RIVERSIDE – An hour-plus lightning delay made Riverside Brookfield wait a bit longer than expected, but the Bulldogs opened the season in emphatic fashion with a 22-0 victory against Morton.
The Mustangs (0-1) got into RB (1-0) territory four times, including two times to the 10-yard line, but weren't able to crack the scoreboard.
"It was missed opportunities and not finishing," Morton coach Bob Organ said. "Our first drive of the game was a great drive. We get down there and we jump offsides, fumble a snap and shoot ourselves in the leg. You can't have that. We got to finish."
Morton was without starting quarterback Anthony Stanciu. In the senior's place was sophomore Julio Garcia. Garcia was 2-for-12 for 32 yards through the air and had eight carries for 53 yards. The Mustangs went with a run-heavy offense, which seemed to catch RB off guard on the first drive.
The Mustangs marched for 59 yards on that drive, but the lightning delay hit with 4:00 left in the first quarter and Morton wouldn't have a drive that long the rest of the game.
"The first drive they had some big plays on us and we got to go over our schemes and go over how to stop that," RB linebacker Jordan Petronella said. "It benefitted us in the long run."
RB finally broke the scoreless start with a 36-yard field goal from senior Nick Fucinato, in his first year of football, with 5:29 left in the second quarter. Fucinato added a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to double the lead. He made it 3-for-3 with a 26-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"The thing about this team is they never get too low and they never get too high," RB coach Brendan Curtin said. "They have a professional demeanor about them. They knew they had a job to do and they did it well for the most part."
Brian Kulaga (16 carries for 110 yards) ran in touchdowns of one and two yards to add to the lead. Matt Chapp had 100 yards of total offense with 74 on the ground and 26 receiving. Quarterback Ryan Swift was 10-for-18 through the air for 90 yards and added 47 yards rushing.
Morton will host Glenbard West next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. RB travels to Nazareth also at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.